Throughout human history there has always been the attempt to make an organization, society or association of individuals that has a bond or unity that is greater than all their problems and things that divide them. One of the first efforts to produce this unity was the Tower of Babel. They had “one language and the same words” all over the world at that time.
From this favorable status they made a decision: “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth”” (Genesis 11:4). It met with God’s judgment because it was another effort to be God in their circumstances and replace Him with themselves.
How much different is the building that God builds? Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). In building His Church, He has placed certain characteristics in it that make it different and superior than any man-made organization.
“God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:24–26). This principle is that we put the weakest and least members above ourselves in love and service. There cannot be any favoritism in this, because God had paid the same price for each to place us together in the Body of Christ – His precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).
How is this principle working out in your life and church? (See Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-4).
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